New Arrivals 31st to 6th of November 2014

Ballen (R.) photo. & text ASYLUM OF THE BIRDS,
144 pp., 4to., illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2014. R775
Introduction by curator and critic Didi Bozzini.

"In 'Asylum of the Birds' I have photographed birds interacting in a space characterized by discarded objects, other animals, smudged and ghost-like drawings that could have originated in a cave or been part of a funeral ceremony. Unlike my earlier images, human identities have been reduced to body parts; there is hardly a face to be seen in this book. Meaning and metaphor in these images come into being as a result of the interaction of the birds habituating this haunting, complex space. The physical space that I commonly refer to as the asylum is contrastingly a place of refuge and at the same time a place of insanity." Roger Ballen, pg. 142
Hamilton (C.) & Skotnes (P.) eds. UNCERTAIN CURATURE, in and out of the archive
430 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R300
A collection of essays on the archive and the ways it is displayed and interpreted in postcolonial South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Cover to Cover: the contribution of the book to the reproduction of linear, hierarchical modesl of natural history" by Fritha Langerman
"Fugitive Archive: a response to the Bushmen diorama" by Pippa Skotnes
"Fieldwork, Killing Time and Accidental Photographs" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
"Native Work: an artwork by Andrew Putter consisting of 38 portrait photographs (with photography by Hylton Boucher, Kyle Weeks and Andrew Putter)" by Andrew Putter
"Visualising the Realm of a Rain-Queen: the production and circulation of Eileen and Jack Krige's Lobedu fieldwork photographs from the 1930s" by Patricia Davison and George Mahashe
"Outlawed Black Public Spheres: snapshots of cinema's archive" by Litheko Modisane
"The Persistence of Empire: unveiling transnational legacies of race in 'Funnyhouse of a Negro'" by Alexandra Dodd.

Carolyn Hamilton holds a Research Chair in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Pippa Skotnes is Michaelis Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

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